- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois tops the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual list for per capita green building space.

The council released its rankings on Wednesday. It says Illinois certified 174 green building projects during 2014 representing about 42.4 million square feet of real estate or 3.31 square feet per Illinois resident. That includes commercial and institutional buildings. The rankings use 2010 U.S. Census data.

Brian Imus is executive director of the council’s Illinois chapter. He says Illinois “has long been a green building trend setter.” He says Illinois is positioned to be a “leading exporter of sustainable technology and design to emerging markets.”

A sampling of 2014 Illinois green buildings includes Ridgewood High School in Norridge, the FBI Regional Office in Chicago and a residence hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

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